What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
I Stood Tiptoe Upon a Little Hill
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
The goldfinch has many names including King Harry’s Red Cap, bestowed upon it during Tudor times, and thistle tweaker, an Anglo-Saxon name because of its feeding on thistles with its sharp beak.
The collective noun for goldfinches is a charm. A silly name perhaps, because anyone who’s watched goldfinches at feeders knows, they often squabble when together.
A 17th century Dutch painter, and pupil of Rembrandt, his most famous painting is ‘The Goldfinch’, which is also the subject of the popular book of the same name by @DonnaTartt.
Goldfinches were common pets at that time – and still are.
I Stood Tiptoe Upon a Little Hill:
John Keats wrote of goldfinches in this poem….
“Sometimes goldfinches one by one will drop
From low hung branches; little space they stop;
But sip, and twitter, and their feathers sleek;
Then off at once, as in a wanton freak:
Or perhaps, to show their black, and golden wings
Pausing upon their yellow flutterings.”